October 11, 1776 -- During the American Revolution, the first naval battle of Lake Champlain was fought. The forces under General Benedict Arnold suffered heavy losses.
October 11, 1809 -- Meriwether Lewis dies along the Natchez Trace, Tennessee.
October 11, 1811 -- the Juliana, the first steam powered ferryboat was put into operation by the inventor, John Stevens. The ferry went between New York City, NY and Hoboken, NJ.
October 11, 1881 -- David Henderson Houston patented the first roll film for cameras.
October 11, 1890 -- The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, DC.
October 11, 1899 -- the Boer War began in South Africa between the British and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State.
October 11, 1929 -- JC Penny opened a store in Milford, DE, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 states.
October 11, 1932 -- In New York, the first telecast of a political campaign was aired.
October 11, 1936 -- the radio show, "Professor Quiz", aired for the first time.
October 11, 1942 -- The Battle of Cape Esperance, during World War II, began in the Solomons.
October 11, 1968 -- Apollo 7 was launched by the US. The first manned Apollo mission was the first in which live television broadcasts were received from orbit. Wally Schirra, Don Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham were the astronauts aboard.
October 11, 1975 -- "Saturday Night Live" was broadcast for the first time. George Carlin was the guest host.
October 11, 1975 -- Bruce Springsteen scores his first pop hit with "Born to Run".
October 11, 1975 -- Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham were married in Fayetteville, AR.
October 11, 1983 -- The last hand cranked telephones in the US went out of service. The 440 telephone customers of Bryant Pond, ME, were switched to direct dial service.
October 11, 1984 -- American Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first female astronaut to space walk. She was aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
October 11, 1994 -- Iraqi troops began moving away from the Kuwaiti border.
October 11, 2008 -- Blind driver breaks land speed record.